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[Le spose disperate]. Che bel Paese amabile Duetto. Musical manuscript full score. Ca. 1801
No surviving score of the complete opera is recorded. RISM lists one manuscript copy of the duet at the Biblioteca dell'Accademia filarmonica romana, Rome (ID no. 853000470). The libretto was published in Rome by Michele Puccinelli in 1801. First performed at the Teatro Valle in Rome during Carnival in 1801. Reference works list the opera as a "dramma giocoso," but according to the libretto, it is a "farza per musica." "Caruso wrote many operas; his comic operas were sometimes reworked under different titles to satisfy the constant demand of the theatres. Their comedy always has a touch of pathos and intimacy, typical of 18th-century Neapolitan opera... The librettos he set, whether by illustrious poets (Metastasio, Bertati, Rossi) or little-known writers, were always of high quality. He is notable for his extended melodies (often reminiscent of Paisiello) and for their formal construction. Although he continued to compose into the 19th century, he was unwilling to accept the innovations of Romanticism, remaining firmly linked to the older Neapolitan style." Galliano Ciliberti in Grove Music Online.. Oblong quarto (285 x 225 mm.). [i] (title), 64, [i] (blank) pp. Notated in ink on 10-stave paper. Ascription: "Del Sig.r Luigi Caruso." Date as header to title: "Nell Carneval 1801 Teatro Valle." Shelfmark (?) to upper right corner of title: "No. 6." Note to foot of title: "Per uso del Sig:r Bartolomeo." Various watermarks: "ED," fleur-de-lis in a circle. Ten-stave system. Scored for [2] Violini, [2] Clarini [!Clarinetti in C], [2] Corni [in A], Viole, Giulietta (soprano), Conte (bass), unfigured instrumental bass. In A major. Minor foxing, most noticeable to first leaf; minor loss to lower outer corner of title leaf, not affecting music; f.3v smudged.
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